For the third year in a row, several Iowa Lakes Community College students spent their Spring Break serving others with a week-long Mission Trip to Chicago. Rather than spend the week on the beaches or just enjoying the week off, 39 students decided to work with underprivileged children and served food at homeless shelters.
The students split into teams, serving with three different after-school programs throughout Chicago. The ministries they worked with were New Life Center, By the Hand Club for Kids, and the Center for Higher Development. These ministries all provide workforce development, GED preparation, After School Programs for youth, and other educational resources in underserved communities throughout Chicago. The Iowa Lakes students spent time with the children, helping them with homework, playing games with them, and talking with them about their lives.
Every morning, the students worked for Cornerstone Community Outreach and Pacific Garden Mission, which provide meals and shelter for the homeless and a food pantry for those who can’t afford groceries. This outreach ministry serves over 500 homeless every night and over 2,000 meals every day. The students helped serve meals, make beds, paint, clean, sort donations, and do maintenance work.
“In the past, the students have mainly been from the Estherville campus of Iowa Lakes,” said Brett Fuelberth, one of the faculty advisors for the Laker Life club. “But this year we had six students from the Emmetsburg campus, four from the Spencer campus, and one from the Spirit Lake campus,” he commented.
Rich Keilholtz, another faculty advisor, added “The mission trip helps students grow in their faith, grow closer in fellowship, and teaches them how to serve others in need.”
“It was about teaching us how to serve as much as us serving others. They taught us how we should take care of people in our own community,” added Sara Mukaz, a sophomore from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Thirty-nine Iowa Lakes Community College students and leaders from the Laker Life Club served on the Spring Break Mission Trip.